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Charges: Father killed 9-week-old daughter after drinking, using cocaine

The 30-year-old has been charged with manslaughter.
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A Brooklyn Park man is accused of suffocating his infant daughter after a night drinking and taking drugs with the baby's mother.

Winston Xavier Hicks, 30, has been charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter in the Aug. 3 death of his 9-week-old daughter.

Police found the tot not breathing at his apartment on the 3400 block of Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis, with the girl later pronounced dead in the hospital.

At the time, police noted the "squalor" in the apartment, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, "particularly the amount of garbage and dirt that covered much of the residence."

The girl's mother told police that she had been drinking and smoking marijuana that night and woke to the baby crying around 1:30 a.m. She placed her in a bassinet in the master bedroom and went to sleep in the living room, while Hicks slept in the bedroom.

At 8:30 a.m. she woke to the sound of Hicks vomiting in the bathroom, and when she went to check on her baby found a large blanket covering her face. She was not breathing and was foaming at the mouth.

She called 911, telling police the baby must have pulled the blanket from the nightstand on top of her, but police noted the nightstand was still cluttered with objects such as a glass of water, so this was unlikely.

Another person who was in the apartment told police they'd spent the evening ad morning with Hicks and the mother using cocaine and drinking the prior night.

The witness said that Hicks killed the baby by covering her face with the quilt to stop her crying.

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